The World: A Playlist

Some border-less listening options.

  • Radio Aporee  – A map of the world through field recordings, sound-art and boundary-less collaborations. Radio Aporee is many things so for an introduction start with the map.
  • Radio Atlas  – English subtitled podcasts and audio stories from langues around the world (but mostly Europe).
  • Studio Puckey’s Radio.Garden for listening to radio stations around the world

Inauguration: A Playlist

My mom is taking a bus from Florida to D.C. to participate in the Million Women’s March on Saturday. She asked for a few podcast recommendations for her trip so I put together a list of shows to accompany her. Per her request this list stays away from the overly cynical, or negative voices that I might normally gravitate towards and it isn’t all about politics.

Sharing here for anyone else who might need some listening material.

  1. The World Next Week: January 19th : For a bit of current affairs, this week’s episode of CFR’s The World Next Week. Find out what else is happening in the world. While we’re at it, might as well listen to every episode of The President’s Inbox.
  2. Global Beats/The Black Experience from WBAI : The MLK day episode Friday January 13, 2016 music and commentary built around Martin Luther King Jr’s speeches Where Do We Go From Here and I Have Been to the Mountain Top.
  3. BBC World Service Doc on Tupac Shakur : In honor of great orators
  4. from On The Media – Looking Back on a Trump Presidency : Prediction or fiction from Jon Lovett’s Atlantic article circa August 2015.
  5.  Stuff You Should Know Will we soon be extinct : A light finale with Chuck and Josh..

Night Thoughts: A Playlist

This is a playlist for insomnia.

A controlled fall through Night Thoughts- from obsessing over a copy machine to grandiose reflections on history and the universe. It is all the strangeness of drifting in and out of sleep.


Night Thoughts


    1. Let’s begin literally with Shaman Shad’s Breathing to Sleep (9:17) …
    2. Move from the daily distractions of copy machines and making tea to lofty thoughts of space and perspective with Charles and Ray Eames’ Powers of Ten (9:00 / video)…
    3. From the wide view of the solar system to a dreamy collage of culture, history and magic carpets with The Magic Carpet Flight Manual by Cathy FitzGerald…
    4. Almost fully awake we come to the substantial yet dreamlike (or, perhaps nightmarish) portrait of modern Afghanistan in Adam Curtis’ documentary Bitter Lake (137:00 / film)…
    5. Slip gradually back towards absurdity with politics, dictators, killing and flower arrangements in Joe Frank’s No More Lord (5:42)…
    6. Abandon the words, the history and the stories with this two track musical interlude (5:20 / music)…
    7. And finally, let it all go and actually fall asleep Listening to Wikipedia edits in real time.

    Gif from Bitter Lake

    Work: A Playlist

    Russia01Since I haven’t published any new sounds in awhile, I thought I’d put together some recommended listening. The theme: Work.
    Inspired by months of day jobs, job searching, resumes, interviews and the gradual but increasingly apparent deflation of hope.

    1. Let’s start with this scene from Slacker (2:01)
    2. Then Natalie Kestecher and Steven Tilly on Radiotonic talk Robot Managers (6:29)
    3. Future Tense’s episode on The Contingent Workforce (29:21)
    4. Class- What is it? (30:33) from Pod Academy …
    5. We all go a little mad sometimes with Davis at the Office (8:13) by Lila Cherneff (part of the episode Crack Up on Unfictional) …
    6. And I leave you with a Japanese Children’s karaoke of I’ve been Working on the Railroad.



    Now on Pod Academy: The global Domain Name System in China

    China DNSNew interview for Pod Academy is up! Listen to Cyber sovereignty: The global Domain Name System in China

    This episode is based on the article Internet Domain Names in China: Articulating Local Control with Global Connectivity by Séverine Arsène and can be found in the 2015 issue of China Perspectives- Shaping the Chinese Internet

    More information, resources, etc all at Pod Academy.

    As always, cover art by Tiana Tucker (who makes everything I do look so much better)


    Field Recording

    Burning LeavesI have a hard drive full of sounds (long, short, exciting, excruciatingly dull..) and it’s time to let them go. So I’m finally uploading my field recordings to All unedited work will go into the public domain.

    So far you can find the sounds of burning leaves and yard work and the crowds and birds at a garden sale (also embedded).


    Hertzoggies and Political Food

    We posted our second episode of Political Food and the first (hopefully of many) that has me feeling excited to be working on this project. We interviewed historian Sarah Emily Duff about the South African treat Hertzoggies. It’s a fun episode and very informative. Find more about it at

    I’m going to one cooking event and one political event this week so expect more episodes from the field. In the next episode we’re back to the basics with just a general history overview and cooking instruction.

    First episode of Political Food

    We (collaboration with Olivia Bennett) finally launched the first episode of Political Food. To start the series we go through the legend of Hutspot and how the siege of Leiden crafted this dish. It’s an informative and playful 15min layman’s history lesson and instructions on how to cook. We’re still trying to find the best format for the show and learning through every part of the process, but we’re excited about the concept and doing our best to bring it to life! For more information and the recipe go to our blog post about it at

    We’re finishing up the next episode on Brigideiros, scheduled for Feb 26th, and next week I’m interviewing a special guest for our third episode on Hertzoggies which is set to go up March 11. Keep up with this show on our website or through twitter and instagram @politicalfoods, facebook/politicalfoods and soundcloud/politicalfoods

    Political Food Show .com

    political food!Launching a new podcast series called Political Food. The series crosses the earth looking for cuisine that has been shaped by human conflict. We look at military conflict, colonization, and political campaigns while making the cakes, stews and cocktails they produced. Our first episode on the Dutch dish Hutspot and the Dutch War of Independence will be up this month. We’ve also prepared Brigadeiro (a chocolate truffle from Brazil) and Beer Soup (a breakfast item from medieval Germany). For updates on this project you can check out our website:

    This is a partnership with Olivia Bennett at Obralter Photography, who is co-hosting and photographing the recipes.